Manchester United have been in search of a solid defensive midfielder for some time and once again, the name of Palhinha is in the lime light.
In the January transfer window, the play breaker was heavily linked with a move away from Sporting CP, who were looking for a fee of more than 30 million euros. Record reported that Man Utd made contact to hire his services.
As per an exclusive story covered by Correio da Manha yesterday, a number of clubs are after the Lions midfielder but Man Utd are favorites to finally secure his signing in the summer.
The well-known Portuguese media outlet have mentioned that Palhinha’s current deal with the Liga Nos champions will expire in 2026 and he will be allowed to leave for a fee of more than £25million.
The 26-year-old is a vital player for Sporting and helped them win the title in the last campaign. Even this season, he has been rock solid in the DM role. The Jose Alvalade Stadium outfit have the best defensive record in the league this term.
In the Premier League, Man Utd have one of the worst defensive records in the top half of the table and they definitely lack a top-class defensive midfielder.
Keeping in view that Matic is past his best and isn’t reliable anymore, a specialist holding midfielder must be signed in the summer transfer window.
In such a scenario, do you think Palhinha would be a top addition? Should Man Utd offer over £25million to secure his signing?